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Means testing our patience

Dylan, German, and Jerusalem discuss means testing and work requirements after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) suggested their inclusion in one of Biden’s legacy priorities: the expanded child tax credit. Right now Democrats in Congress are trying to hammer out a 10-year, $3.5 trillion budget that includes an extension of the federal child tax credit; expanding Medicare to include dental, vision, and hearing aids; additional resources for home care workers; a slew of climate change measures; and much more.

 

Resources:

“The Time Tax” by Annie Lowrey (The Atlantic; July 27, 2021)

“We’re Still Here” by Jennifer Silva

“‘Neoliberalism has really ruptured’: Adam Tooze on the legacy of 2020” by Zack Beauchamp (Vox.com; September 9, 2021)

“Are we automating racism?” by Joss Fong (Vox.com; March 31, 2021)

“AIs Islamophobia problem” by Sigal Samuel (Vox.com; September 18, 2021)

White Paper: “New Evidence on Redlining by Federal Housing Programs in the 1930s” by Price V. Fishback, Jonathan Rose, Kenneth A. Snowden, and Thomas Storrs

Hosts:

Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), Senior Correspondent

Jerusalem Demsas (@JerusalemDemsas), Policy Reporter, Vox

German Lopez (@germanrlopez), Senior Correspondent, Vox

Credits:

Sofi LaLonde, Producer & Engineer

Amber Hall, Deputy Editorial Director of Talk Podcasts

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